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African nation pulls off ‘biggest upset ever in the history of Cricket World Cups’ – Fox Sports

Rwanda has pulled off a massive upset in the Women’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, defeating the West Indies by four wickets in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The East African country, currently 27th on the ICC Women’s T20I rankings, chased the 71-run target with 10 balls to spare, knocking the West Indies out of the inaugural tournament.

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The West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first, with Rwanda spinner Sylvia Usabyimana (4-20) ripping through the top order to leave the Caribbean side reeling at 5-38 in the ninth over.

Fellow tweaker Marie Tumukunde (4-8) wreaked havoc after the drinks break to help topple the West Indies for 70, bowled out in less than 17 overs. Opener Realeanna Grimmond (18 off 21 balls) was the only West Indies batter to reach double figures.

Rwanda’s run chase got off to a stable start, patiently crawling towards 2-32 in the ninth over before losing 4-8 in the space of 22 balls.

The match was suddenly in the balance at 6-40, but Rwanda captain Gisele Ishimwe (31 not out from 53 balls) and Rosine Irera (right not out from 14 balls) combined for a crucial 31-run partnership for the seventh wicket to guide the team home in the penultimate over.

Rwanda defeats the West Indies by four wickets. Picture: Twitter/@RwandaCricket
Rwanda defeats the West Indies by four wickets. Picture: Twitter/@RwandaCricketSource: Twitter

The West Indies, who are No. 6 on the ICC Women’s T20I rankings, subsequently have no chance of progressing through to the semi-finals, left to rue their erratic batting and sloppy fielding.

Rwanda’s “unthinkable” victory comes after they defeated Zimbabwe, another Full Member nation, by 39 runs on Tuesday, during which seam bowler Henriette Ishimwe picked up four wickets in four balls.

Rwanda’s participation in Under-19 Women’s Cricket T20 World Cup marks the nation’s first appearance in a tournament of this stature.

“This is a historic moment, (qualifying) in just a few years from when cricket was introduced in the country. It shows how far we have come as a country,” Emmanuel Byiringiro, the General Manager of cricket in Rwanda, told the ICC earlier this month.

“This was a victory for the whole country, not only for cricketers.”

Cricket was introduced to Rwanda in 1999 – after less than 24 years of developing the sport, they’ve managed to topple a cricket powerhouse at an ICC event.

“If we compare with the opposition that are taking part, it’s countries who have been playing cricket for much longer. We will keep our expectations in check,” Julius Mbaraga, the secretary general of the Rwandan Cricket Association, told ESPNcricinfo ahead of the tournament.

“What we want is for the team to perform to the best of their ability and to use the World Cup as a learning curve. We know it will give many of them the exposure and insight of what it takes to perform at a higher level.”

Meanwhile, Australia needs to defeat the United Arab Emirates on Monday evening to secure their spot in the semi-finals.

Earlier this week, the Aussies cruised to a seven-wicket victory over tournament favourites India in Potchefstroom to keep their World Cup campaign alive.

“We had a bit of a rough start losing a couple of warm-up matches and our first game (against Bangladesh) but I think from that the girls have definitely bounced back,” Australian captain Rhys McKenna said after the match.

“We’re doing all the right work to play our best cricket, so keen to see what happens in the next game.”

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Beaty eighth grader wins countywide spelling bee | News, Sports, Jobs – timesobserver.com

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Chase May of Youngsville Middle School spells a word on his way to a third-place tie in the 2023 Warren County Spelling Bee Wednesday at Beaty-Warren Middle School.

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The 2023 Warren County Spelling Bee featured 15 amazing spellers from all over Warren County.

It was exciting, even exhilarating at times, until, in the end, Beaty-Warren Middle School eighth-grader Vance Darr was ordained champion.

From the beginning, spellers whizzed overtly through the words posed to them by moderator Kelli Knapp, executive director of Warren Public Library.

Some of the spellers had special rituals they went through at the microphone as they spelled out words in front of judges Todd Mineweaser of Youngsville Borough Police, John Papalia of Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry, and Brandon Deppen of Warren County School District.

As the rounds went on, there was a subsidence of the pool of spellers. Two spellers’ days went defunct in round three. Four were knocked out in the fifth round, and three more in the sixth. The seventh and eighth rounds each claimed spellers. With four remaining, there was a break until two – Chase May of Youngsville Middle School on telenovelas and Libbey VanHouten of Eisenhower Middle School on preternaturally – were eliminated in the eleventh round.

At the beginning of the event, organizers announced the third-place ties would be broken by drawing for high card. At the end of the event, because they had been eliminated in the same round and were in third place, VanHouten and May returned to the stage for that draw. VanHouten pulled a jack to May’s 6 to claim third place.

The finalists, Darr and Liam Ferry, both of Beaty-Warren Middle School, went head-to-head for six rounds – advancing past words like mullioned, architrave, parathas, roulette, undine, sackbuts, hurdy gurdy, and Zimbabwe.

In the seventeenth round, Darr correctly spelled Vesuvian, while Ferry was tripped up by urad.

Darr had to successfully spell one more word to win the championship. He did so, managing Sikhism.

“I have a good memory,” Darr said when asked why he was so good in the bee.

He said he spent about 30 minutes a night memorizing the words on the list provided to all the spellers and felt good with all the words.

For winning the bee, Darr is eligible to attend the Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee at Robert Morris University.

He is unsure how he will compare to the other spellers there, but he said he has high hopes.

Darr also won a $200 prize from the Times Observer and a $100 prize from Northwest Bank.

Ferry received a $75 gift card from Northwest and will be the county’s alternate for the Western Pennsylvania event.

VanHouten received a $50 gift card from Northwest.

Organizer Tiffany Mandeville was impressed by all of the competitors.

“Those kids are awesome spellers,” she said. “It was pretty amazing.”

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MDC-T Break-away Group: “Our Party Currently Doesn’t Have … – pindula.co.zw

MDC-T Break-away group, led by Elias Mudzuri and other suspended members, has said the party led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora currently does not have the capacity to rebuild Zimbabwe.

The group made the remarks during a press conference held in Harare on Thursday 02 February 2023. Said the group:

We do not think that we do have a party that can actually do the job for us to bring true liberation to Zimbabweans who are suffering, you know economic problems we are facing.

The group said there is a need for the opposition MDC-T to reorganise and restructure and put the right people for the right decisions to be made.

The break-away party consists of Mudzuri, Norest Marara, Gift Konjana, John Nyika, Den Moyo, Edwin Dzambara, and Edwin Kakora who were suspended from the MDC-T last month allegedly for breaking party rules, having illegal meetings, and undermining the democratic procedures of the organisation.

Following the suspension, Mudzuri vowed to resist expulsion saying Mwonzora can only expel him on paper.

There has been a leadership crisis in the MDC-T since the 26 March 2022 by-elections in which the party did not win a single seat.

Some members of the MDC-T blame leader Senator Douglas Mwonzora for the loss and they hoped he would be replaced during the party’s 5th Ordinary Congress held at the City Sports Centre in Harare on Sunday, 18 December 2022.

However, the MDC-T endorsed Mwonzora as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Mudzuri and colleagues say the congress must be declared null and void because Mwonzora did not follow due process.

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MDC-T Break-away Group: “Our Party Currently Doesn’t Have … – pindula.co.zw

MDC-T Break-away group, led by Elias Mudzuri and other suspended members, has said the party led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora currently does not have the capacity to rebuild Zimbabwe.

The group made the remarks during a press conference held in Harare on Thursday 02 February 2023. Said the group:

We do not think that we do have a party that can actually do the job for us to bring true liberation to Zimbabweans who are suffering, you know economic problems we are facing.

The group said there is a need for the opposition MDC-T to reorganise and restructure and put the right people for the right decisions to be made.

The break-away party consists of Mudzuri, Norest Marara, Gift Konjana, John Nyika, Den Moyo, Edwin Dzambara, and Edwin Kakora who were suspended from the MDC-T last month allegedly for breaking party rules, having illegal meetings, and undermining the democratic procedures of the organisation.

Following the suspension, Mudzuri vowed to resist expulsion saying Mwonzora can only expel him on paper.

There has been a leadership crisis in the MDC-T since the 26 March 2022 by-elections in which the party did not win a single seat.

Some members of the MDC-T blame leader Senator Douglas Mwonzora for the loss and they hoped he would be replaced during the party’s 5th Ordinary Congress held at the City Sports Centre in Harare on Sunday, 18 December 2022.

However, the MDC-T endorsed Mwonzora as the party’s sole presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Mudzuri and colleagues say the congress must be declared null and void because Mwonzora did not follow due process.

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